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Comment: Re:I'd just like to know... (Score 1) 406

by vegaspctech (#37316050) Attached to: 'Cosmo' — a C#-Based Operating System
I have an assignment for both of you C-sprang-from-itself guys. Get a chicken egg from the source I specify. Write the letter 'U' on it. Hatch it. It will be a hen, because I have mad skills like that. Name the hen 'C'. When that hen is old enough to lay eggs, introduce it to a rooster and give them some privacy in whatever setting chickens find romantic. I don't know what that might be, but I think it's safe to assume it will be a space free of foxes and cats. That hen is your source. Wait for it to lay the egg from which it hatched, the one on which you already wrote 'U', you know, back before it hatched. Document your method and the results. When you manage that, get back to me with your data, sans semantic BS.

Comment: Re:I'd just like to know... (Score 1) 406

by vegaspctech (#37312112) Attached to: 'Cosmo' — a C#-Based Operating System

"Obviously C wasn't used to build the OS that C was built on."

Actually.... C was pretty much was made as the language they were implementing Unix in (which was, of course, the operating system that C was built on.

In 1969 Dennis Ritchie started to create the C programming language for use with UNIX. He couldn't have created the OS on the computer on which he began creating C in C because he hadn't created it yet. If he created it on a UNIX machine, then he created C on an OS written in assembly language.

Comment: I'd just like to know... (Score 3, Informative) 406

by vegaspctech (#37310510) Attached to: 'Cosmo' — a C#-Based Operating System
...who said you couldn't write an OS in C#, or that you couldn't write one without C? Obviously C wasn't used to build the OS that C was built on. And if that someone said they couldn't do it was their reason for doing it, quick, someone tell them that there isn't an OS written in COBOL and that they can't paint your house with a toothbrush. And no, if I say I think it's a waste of your time to paint a house with a toothbrush, it isn't because it's a Microsoft toothbrush or Microsoft paint or that you're painting a Microsoft house, it's because it's a frickin' toothbrush. By the way, I love how the FAQ link takes you to a page that tells you they moved the FAQ instead of just taking you there. It reminds me of all those links wannabe web designers did in the style If you'd like to read about Obvious Anchor Target click here.

Comment: Re:As Seen on TV (Score 1) 374

by vegaspctech (#37308744) Attached to: Google's Real Name Policy, Why You Are the Product
You have to opt in for Google to get any information beyond your IP address, they are in charge of many of the communication channels you use if you choose to use those they control and they effectively control much of the information that you receive through them. How does any of that make them remarkably different from News Corp., Microsoft, Verizon or the like?

Comment: Google's non-issue issue (Score 2) 374

by vegaspctech (#37308256) Attached to: Google's Real Name Policy, Why You Are the Product
Google's naming policy strikes me as a non-issue. It won't prevent anyone from publishing indirectly, by way of an out-of-area friend, which is safer option anyway if you're posting about a government that wishes to silence you. It seems to me that worst case, it creates an opening for Google's competitors. Last I checked there were still many of those. Were it a government decision it'd be a different matter.

Comment: Re:Well, I *was* looking forward to watching this. (Score 1) 416

by vegaspctech (#34497638) Attached to: President Obama On Mythbusters Tonight
Have you seen the show? You're giving more credit than is due in suggesting any intent to teach or learn anything at all, let alone science. 500 bored, unfocused child volunteers as an analogue for an experienced, disciplined military unit? It's entertainment, not science. The goal is never really to prove or to disprove anything, it's to destroy stuff. The *cough* science *cough* is there to provide an excuse for destroying it. That's why when a few ounces of some common household substance doesn't blow something up you find them substituting 400 pounds of high explosive before show's end.

Comment: Re:ATT: Mathbots (Score 1) 322

by vegaspctech (#19368667) Attached to: Boys with Longer Ring Fingers are Better at Math
<snip> It turns it out it's not much of an indicator of anything. Since first hearing about the study, I embarked on a study of my own, starting with guitarists, and then extending to just about everyone I met or saw. </snip>

The trouble with your study, and theirs, isn't with the size of the finger but the size of the sample. I'd love to see the results of yours get press though. There would be something oddly satisfying about a headline which read Study Finds No Particular Correlation Between Finger Sizes and Skill Sets. More satisfying, though, would be one that read Study Finds Researchers and Reporters Unduly Influenced by Statistical Anomalies. And neither would be a good name for a band.
The Media

+ - The Unravelling of the Global Warming Crisis

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An anonymous reader writes "The United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and hundreds of government agencies and environmental groups around the world claim that the science is settled and the time for debate is over. But the list of distinguished scientists who question the IPCC grows daily."
Google

+ - Interview: how Google tweaks rank algorithm->

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nbauman
nbauman writes "New York Times interview with Amit Singhal, who is in charge of Google's ranking algorithm. They use 200 "signals" and "classifiers," of which PageRank is only one. "Freshness" defines how many recently changed pages appear in a result. They assumed old pages were better, but when they first introduced Google Finance, the algorithm couldn't find it because it was too new. Some topics are "hot". "When there is a blackout in New York, the first articles appear in 15 minutes; we get queries in two seconds," said Singhal. Classifiers infer information about the type of search, whether it is a product to buy, a place, company or person. One classifier identifies people who aren't famous. Another identifies brand names. A final check encourages "diversity" in the results, for example, a manufacturer's page, a blog review, and a comparision shopping site. If the user has signed in to Google, they can tell whether a search for "dolphins" is by a football fan or marine biologist. Examples of problems that Google identified and tweaked the algorithm to avoid: a search for "french revolution" returned too many results about the French presidential elections. A search for "teak patio palo alto" didn't return a store called the Teak Patio. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/03/business/yourmon ey/03google.html Inside the Black Box By SAUL HANSELL, June 3, 2007"
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NASA

+ - NASA Administrator: Don't fight Global Warming

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mdsolar
mdsolar writes "Engineer and NASA Administrator Michael Griffin revealed in an NPR interview that he was unsure there was any need to take steps to make sure that the climate remain stable. Now the NYT has editorialized that his lack of vision may help explain NASA's back peddling on its planet protection mission. The post of NASA Administrator is a tough one, with the last one being chased out of office for being too cautious. Is Griffin stepping into a meat grinder on this one?"
Mozilla

+ - Firefox Usage Hits 25%->

Submitted by
googtube
googtube writes "According to W3counter.com, The website statistics provider, Firefox usage has reached an all time high of almost 25%. For those of you who suck at maths, that is nearly one in four internet users using Firefox. Go Firefox!

W3counter.com have based these numbers on the last 31,612,302 unique visits to 4,511 websites, So it should be a fairly accurate representation of the internet as a whole, Even though figures may be skewed on industry specific sites, Such as slashdot."

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Media

+ - nut-container format specs almost finalized

Submitted by nutzington
nutzington (1110691) writes "The nut-container is a project by the ffmpeg/mplayer-teams to build a "simple, flexible, extensible, compact and error resistant" container-format for a wide variety of usage.
The team started developing it, because they were "dissatisfied with the limitations of all currently available multimedia container formats such as AVI, Ogg or Matroska."
Talking to a lead-developer on LinuxTag in Berlin I have been tought, that most of it is working, and there are only some minor things to fix and decide on, like the FourCC-tag. There is a libnut available already in their SVN-repo, so go and check it out if you want.
So fasten your seatbelts everybody, because this baby is to become the standard when it comes to boxing audio and video data. For more information see: http://www.nut-container.org/"
IBM

+ - IBM on its way to cutting 12,000 US jobs

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threc
threc writes "July 22nd of last year a rumor started that IBM was planning to move jobs overseas. On May 4th, 7th and the 13th of this year, Slashdot mused about the possible exodus of 12,000 IBM US jobs. On May 30th the rumors, more or less, came true.

"International Business Machines Corp., the world's largest computer-services company, cut about 1,570 jobs mainly in its technology services unit..."

According to Lee Conrad, head of AllianceIBM, this is the low number.

"Information from within the company, retrieved by Conrad and others, points to 1,000 layoffs in IBM's Server Division, 700 in its Software Group, 100 in its Global Financing unit, 360 at corporate headquarters, 300 in its Storage division and more than 2,000 in the company's largest single unit, IBM Global Services."

Tallied up, in May alone, IBM fired nearly 5000 US workers and industry experts expect more layoffs."

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